The launch of the fourth industrial revolution marked an inflection point for the manufacturing industry. Whether you call it the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (U.S.), Industry 4.0 (Germany), China Manufacturing 2025, Manufacturing Industry Innovation 3.0 (Korea) or any number of other names, it is all about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a holistic and connected ecosystem to drive faster decision making, enhanced productivity, improved competitiveness, and maximised profit.
The central to a flourishing Industry 4.0 implementation is the right OEM-EMS partnership. However, some OEMs are still yet to find a trusted partner that has expertise in embedding radio modules and bridging firmware applications into existing products to create IoT solutions. Furthermore, they also have to select EMS partner with profound experience in connected platforms, embedded systems, radio frequency (RF) and electronic designs, mechanical engineering, design for manufacturability, product interoperability, IoT, machine vision, robotics, and manufacturing automation.
Hence, how to choose a partner who will be able to lead its customers through considering the standards and technologies that will best meet the needs of the end user seamlessly? What are the questions that must be asked to determine if it is the right EMS partner? What services should an EMS and design partner offer for an effective partnership?
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